As Opening Day approaches spring training has turned into the home stretch and without doubt players have stood out for good and bad reasons. Most worryingly for clubs are those players that have struggled to this point and their production is a genuine concern for the upcoming season.
So how about we take a look at those duds from spring training and what might happen to them in the coming months as we move into the regular season.
Tyler Skaggs stayed with the Arizona Diamondbacks last season while the team moved on another top prospect in Trevor Bauer. At the time Skaggs was arguably the top left-handed pitching prospect in the game. He went 9-6 with a 2.87 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A last season as a 21-year-old and he was expected to be the front-runner for the No.5 starter job this spring. Skaggs, however, struggled in all four of his outings this spring. Consequently he has been sent down to Triple-A while Patrick Corbin and Randall Delgado fight it out for the final rotation spot.
Pitching can be a precarious profession and employing them can be similarly precarious, that scenario fits left-handed pitcher John Danks. Danks signed a five-year, $65 million extension to keep him in Chicago through 2016 after ducking the MLB betting news headlines to quietly emerge as one of the better left-handers in the American League.
He was dogged by injuries last year and kept to just nine starts. This off-season has not gone any better and he is fast running out of time to prove that he is ready to start the season with a rotation spot and others are poised to replace him.
Since joining the Atlanta Braves, Dan Uggla has really struggled with his batting and the numbers tell you that; he’s hit .233 and .220 in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Generally he’s been able to make up for those numbers with his power and plate discipline and remains a streak hitter, in fact he could be the biggest one in baseball. His figures this spring make ugly reading and he leads all hitters with 19 strikeouts.
These guys can still bounce back and help their teams improve their betting MLB World Series prospects, but as things stand they have had a poor spring and must go down as duds at the moment.